Sheffield Steeldogs are angry at an opposition player who threatened to turn the traditional post-game hand shakes ritual into a free-for-all.
The club accused Milan Kostourek of being a “poor loser” after he triggered a confrontation after his Milton Keynes side had lost at iceSheffield on Sunday.
A club spokesman said the 32-year-old Czech forward instigated the flare-up.
“The game had been a fairly clean affair with 14 minutes penalties in total…although tempers flared after the final whistle as Milan Kostourek again showed himself to be a poor loser.
“The most unpleasant moment of the night came in the handshake when Kostourek tried to stir up trouble. Callum Pattison made it clear this wasn’t acceptable and the officials prevented things escalating.”
Steeldogs had won the match 5-3, having lost the previous night at Swindon 7-4.
The style of the home pleased Sheffield coach Andre Payette.
““I thought the boys played absolutely fantastic” he said.
“It was a pure Steeldogs win. I put a game plan in place, we were going to forecheck hard and finish every check. The first period didn’t go our way and we were down 2-0. The guys bared down and worked hard, we ground that out and showed our skill at the end with the 5-3 win. Patto played well and Calvert and Duncombe just finished every hit – they are my players of the game”.
Doncaster-born skater Lee Haywood added: ““We started off slowly and gave away that lucky goal. We responded well and dug deep and got back into the game. We started the second period well and had to shoot more and crashed the net
“Nobody wants to play Telford in the Play Offs, we really want seventh spot. We have a tough run in with just three home games left now. We have some tough away games, but we are going to try our best”.